From the Morning Memo:

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Monday will formally endorse Melinda Katz for the Democratic nomination in the race for Queens district attorney.

“Over her 25 year career in public service, Melinda Katz has always been a committed advocate on behalf of the families in Queens she represents,” Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, said in a statement obtained by Capital Tonight.

Heastie pointed to recent criminal justice law changes approved in Albany, such as ending cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies.

“I am proud to endorse her because she is the only candidate with the right kind of experience to implement the criminal justice reform measures the Governor recently signed into law,” he said.

“She has put forward a comprehensive agenda to change the District Attorney’s office and ensure justice for both victims and defendants. I’m confident that Melinda will usher in a new era of criminal justice reform as DA.”

Katz, the borough president, is facing a June primary against Councilman Rory Lancman, Judge Greg Lasak and Tiffany Cabán.

“Under Speaker Heastie’s leadership, New York has implemented critical reforms to our criminal justice system,” Katz said.

“Most recently, he helped pass landmark legislation ending most forms of cash bail, implementing discovery reform, and ensuring the right to a speedy trial. He has also been instrumental in passing new gun control measures and raising the age of criminal responsibility. But there’s even more work to be done here in Queens. I look forward to working with Speaker Heastie to bring about a new era of criminal justice in our Borough and I’m honored to have his endorsement.”